Here’s the May edition of our summary of training opportunities on Cape Cod. Want to receive each month’s news in your inbox? Complete the request form at the bottom of this blog post!
—– TRAINING OPPORTUNITIES —–
If you belong to the Cape Cod Triathlon Team (or if you sign up for the club this week) you’re invited to take part in their “Buoy Bash” this Saturday (May 5) at the Woodlands pool in Brewster. We’ll be putting those same big orange buoys you see at the races in the middle of the pool. Coach Pam Rogers will spend the first half of the session guiding us through a series of training swims around the buoys. Then it’s time for a little competition! A series of heats will lead to semi-finals and then finals. Prizes for winners — and everyone in attendance gets some great swag. From noon until 1:30, and it’s completely free. Bring your own towel. There’s a limit to the number of participants so sign up soon! Register for the club here.
Cape Cod’s own bike guru Dusty Adams is now leading a weekly Saturday morning ride from the trailhead of the Cape Cod Rail Trail (on Route 134 in Dennis, just south of the Mid-Cape Highway) every Saturday morning starting at 8am. This is a ride meant for beginners and intermediates, or as a recovery ride on the easy day of a serious cyclist’s week. Think 14-16mph. Contact Dusty for details.
The Cape Cod Beer Fun Runs are starting up again! Show up Mondays at 5:30pm (1336 Phinneys Ln, Hyannis) and enjoy a group run into Barnstable to return to what all runners need at any finish line: a cold one! Your beer is courtesy of The Cooperative Bank of Cape Cod. Rather bike? This season a group of cyclists will take off at the same time for a short ride so that they can also be rewarded with a beer at the finish. Hanlon Shoes and Seasports Cyclery are also sponsors of these pleasant spring/summer evenings.
—– CLUB NEWS —–
From the Cape Cod Triathlon Team:
You know the season is almost here when the first Long Pond Triathlon of the season is only weeks away!
Sunday, May 27…..8am start.
What is the LPT? This is an informal workout which for some is a bragging-rights race; for others a chance to shake off the cobwebs, work out transitions, and practice race-like scenarios. Mostly, it’s a chance to train together and to realize we’re not alone with our odd hobby. Because of the new Olympic distance option at the Hyannis Triathlon on June 16, we will have both a Sprint and an Olympic course laid out (with a shorter run to save the legs).
Required: All racers need to be members of the club for insurance reasons. Not a member, or forgot to renew for 2017? Membership forms will be available beforehand and the annual fee is only $20 (slightly more for families). Additionally, small donations are suggested for the lifeguard expense fund.
Directions: Long Pond Beach is located on Crowell’s Bog Rd. in Brewster, near the Harwich line. Take Exit 10 off the Mid-Cape and head north a couple of miles…Crowell’s Bog is on the right. Beach is a quarter-mile in, again on the right.
Remember! This is an informal training race. There are no road closures and (small) signs will be at all corners but you must assume some responsibility to be alert for traffic and for turns. While there will be some nutrition and water at the race, bring your own fuel!
Check out the course map
—– RACE NEWS —–
Wellfleet Triathlon Status
Here’s a warning for folks who always register late: we’re quite certain June 2nd’s Wellfleet Triathlon is going to sell out. This is becoming a “village tradition” in Wellfleet, where many locals join the triathlon circuit regulars for what is often their only multisport effort of the year. The water in Long Pond is warmer than other Cape ponds in June; the 10-mile bike and 3-mile run courses are closed to traffic; and the atmosphere is just what you’d expect when you’re in an town of free-spirited individuals. Even the race directors and crew are relaxed — at least for this day! Learn more at the Race Website.
Hyannis Triathlon Status
All systems are go for the first Hyannis Olympic Triathlon to go along with the 37-year-old Hyannis Sprint Triathlon on June 16. We’re especially pleased about new swag offerings and some yummy food at race’s end! Thanks to the trailblazers who will be competing at the first Olympic race in Hyannis in 38 years! Want to join them? Visit our registration page.
Falmouth Triathlon Status
Like Wellfleet, we’re certain July 15’s Falmouth Triathlon will sell out; it’s just a question of when. So if you wish to take part in one of the most festive triathlons in the East, we suggest you click here and seal your spot. The Town of Falmouth is enthusiastically behind our new bike course which takes our racers off of busy Woods Hole Road, and the scenery for that ride is even better to boot! We’re very excited, and we know you will be too!
—– ODDS & ENDS —–
Know a newcomer to tri?
The Cape Cod Tri Club is looking into setting up a series of 8 weekly swim clinics targeted towards new swimmers — as well as for those established triathletes who realize they need to get back to basics and re-train their swim stroke. They will be held in May and June in Brewster. The possible times will be Wednesday evenings or Saturday mid-day. If you (or someone you know) has an interest in getting on the email list, contact The Swim Guy.
The “Jeff Project”
Many of us here on the Cape have gotten to know Jeff Craddock, owner of SeaSports Cyclery in Hyannis. Want to help him out with a little side project? Click here to go to a questionnaire that will take only few minutes of your time. Jeff thanks you in advance!